Art for education and therapy

Some of the artwork on display at Ravenswood.
Some of the artwork on display at Ravenswood.

Around 40 pieces of art created to engage and inspire young children are now on permanent display at Ravenswood Children’s Services in Forfar.

The works of art, of papier mache, paint and varnish, depict colourful numbers and letters and adorn the walls of the centre’s family room, waiting room and hallway.

They were designed and made by users of NHS Tayside’s Community Mental Health Service in Angus who have severe and enduring mental health conditions and attend the occupational therapy hobbies groups.

Hilary Hart, senior occupational therapist with NHS Tayside, who runs the hobbies groups said the aim was to create art that reflects the work done at the centre and to provide an educational resource that is also fun.

She said: “It has given the group a real focus and they’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing it for the children’s service.”

Councillor Glennis Middleton, social work and health convener, said: “The hard work of the hobbies group has brightened up the centre. Their vibrant art work brings a wonderful splash of colour and can also be a great learning resource for the children.”